Media Monitoring

Summary

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Media briefing in the Central Electoral Commission of Georgia. September 2012. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Georgia’s transition towards a democratic, free and fair state is challenged by limited media independence and objectivity. This often includes a general lack of balance in news coverage and professional reporting.

Media freedom and professionalism has worsened since 2007, when several independent media outlets were closed down (Source: Reporters without Borders, Freedom House). The Georgian Government has accorded high priority to media independence, including reform of Georgian Public Broadcasting.

Monitoring the major TV stations, radios, printed press and online media could provide a better understanding of media development. It also has the potential to encourage outlets to provide balanced information to the public, and to build watchdog functions of civil society organizations.

What We Do

With funds from the European Union and in cooperation with our national and international partners, UNDP supports Georgian civil society organizations to monitor media performance, with the overall objective of raising professional standards of the media in Georgia and promoting independent and impartial reporting.

Some results so far



Prior to local elections in 2010, the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) monitored, analyzed and evaluated news programmes and televised political debates for objectivity, content trends and balance of coverage. The findings were discussed in six weekly TV shows before, during and after elections.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Trust provided editorial skills training to the news editor of the Georgian Public Broadcaster. They also co-produce a TV-talk show with the Georgian Public Broadcast to bring audiences closer to the political process.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Media Centar Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) conducted professional training to journalists, producers, editors and camera people from 20 broadcasters outside of Tbilisi.

The Slovak media monitoring organization Memo’98 provided training to 7 civil society organizations, which examined the coverage of economic and social issues by Georgian television and printed press in April-December 2011.

Four civil society organizations - the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), Internews Georgia, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), and the Civic Development Institute, continued monitoring of the Georgian media in 2011 and 2012 with the main focus on reporting on social and economic issues.

The same four civil society organizations monitored the coverage of 2012 parliamentary polls in Georgia.   Key findings of the six-month media monitoring have been discussed in a weekly TV show “Media Monitor” on Channel-1 (Georgian Public Broadcaster) and through a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mediamonitor.ge. Full reports were made available at the website: www.mediamonitor.ge.

In May 2013, the media monitoring team kicked off a new round of media monitoring in view of the presidential polls in October 2013.

In face of local self governance elections, up to 40 national and local television, radio, print and online media outlets will be scrutinized for impartiality and balance by the Georgian civil society organizations: CRRC Georgia,Internews – Georgia and the Civic Development Institute (CDI).

 

Who finances it

Total Budget
European Union
US$ 523,270.23
UNDP US$ 183,306.97
GPB US$  38,665.29

Delivery

2012  
European Union    
US $ 120,499.35
UNDP US $ 150,457.23
GPB US $  40,683.95
2013  
European Union
US$ 279,372.13
UNDP US$ 21,316.33
Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Start date:
April 2010
End date:
December 2013
Geographic coverage:
National
Partners
Slovak NGO Memo'98. Georgian NGOs: The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), Internews Georgia, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), and the Civic Development Institute
Related Website
mediamonitor.ge
Related Publication
Media Monitoring Reports
Contact Information

Elene Aladashvili

Project Manager

elene.aladashvili@undp.org

+995 32 2204566

28 Abashidze Street

Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact Person in UNDP

Gigi Bregadze

Democratic Governance Programme Analyst

gigi.bregadze@undp.org